Hymns: “Be Thou My Vision”

“Be Thou My Vision” is a well-known and well-loved hymn. Though it was originally written over 1400 years ago, it was not translated from its Old Irish text until the early 1900’s. The hymn is attributed to a monk nicknamed Dallán Forgaill; the first name meant “blind one,” though he supposedly regained his sight. He […]

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Proclaiming the Word Boldly

Acts 4:19-20, But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” Standing before the council of the Sadducees, Peter and John had to answer for what they […]

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Bold Proclamation

John 7:10-11, [Jesus] also went up [to the Feast of Booths] not publicly, but in private. The Jews were looking for Him at the feast, and saying, “Where is He?” Why was Jesus hiding from these Jews? Jesus said He was not going up to the feast yet, since His time “has not yet fully come” […]

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The Light of the Gospel

John 12:35, “The light is among you for a little longer. Walk whilst you have the light, lest darkness overtake you.” Thus, the Gospel must be perpetually proclaimed. Not just from the pulpit, but the proclamation of the Gospel continues even after the sermon has ended, and it never stops. For we live in a sinful, […]

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Trust in the Word

Matthew 4:3-4, And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But He answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (cf. Deuteronomy 8:3). Satan didn’t test Jesus out of doubt […]

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Romans 15:4, For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope. Luther puts it best, “Truly, you cannot read in Scripture too much, and what you do read you cannot read too well, and what you read well you […]

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The Deity of Jesus

John 1:14, The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only-begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (own Greek translation). What a true and remarkable thing! That the very Word of God became flesh in the person of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ. He is uncreated; […]

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Keeping the Word

John 8:51, “If anyone keeps My word, he will never see death.” The undisciplined theologian will read these words of Jesus and fashion them into a works righteousness theology. In order to pass from death into eternal life, we have to keep God’s Word completely. God does not settle for 99.9%; it is not good enough! Only 100% […]

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